YARDLEY, Michael. Backing into the Limelight. A Biography of T.E. Lawrence.

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YARDLEY, Michael. Backing into the Limelight. A Biography of T.E. Lawrence. Harrap. 1985.

8vo. Original cloth and wrapper; pp. 267, photographic plates; fine. Provenance: ffep with signature of Molly Allenby, with loose postcard addressed to Lady Allenby at Moorstock Farm House in Kent. Molly Allenby (born Gertrude Champneys) was the first wife of the 2nd Viscount Allenby. He was the nephew of the first Viscount, the great Field Marshal Allenby who was T.E.Lawrence's commander during the First World War, giving a very personal association to this provenance. The second Viscount succeeded to the title due to the Field Marshal's son being killed in action in 1917.
First edition. This biography of Lawrence is concerned with the public perception of him as a hero, and how this differs from the reality.

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